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Winter to Blame for Gas Mileage Plunge

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Jun 27, 2017

Donald has the same driving habits all year, but his Civic is more frugal with gas during the summer. What's the reason behind his winter of discontent?

fuel economy Honda Civic 2016

SUVs at NYAS
Apr 13, 2017

SUVs to the Front: A 2017 New York Auto Show Report

Jim Motavalli

Automakers are riding high in 2017, and their road to riches is paved with big-ticket SUVs.

New York Auto Show SUVs

Ford Explorer at 2017 NYAS
Apr 12, 2017

Ford at NAIAS: A New Explorer, and a Prediction that SUVs Are Here to Stay

Jim Motavalli

Ford predicts that SUVs (including crossovers) could top 50 percent of the overall market in the next five to seven years. And, oh yes, there's a refreshed Explorer.

hybrids SUVs New York Auto Show

Do Check Engine Lights Ever Turn off by Themselves?
Apr 11, 2017

Do Check Engine Lights Ever Turn off by Themselves?

Dear Car Talk

Russell's RAV4 has a check engine light and mechanic telling him repairs are needed. But which one should he believe when the light occasionally turns off?

catalytic converters sensors check engine light Toyota RAV4 2002

VW Atlas
Apr 07, 2017

Atlas: Will It Hold Up Volkswagen's World?

Jim Motavalli

Under fire, the German automaker has a lot riding on its new made-in-America midsized SUV. Fortunately, this crossover is aimed squarely at the U.S. heartland.

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Tax Jokes
Apr 07, 2017

Jokes to Tax Your Patience

Staff Blog

What's worse than writing a check to the IRS? These jokes, probably. Read at your own risk. 

lame jokes

Is This a Case of a Bad Battery, or Evaporating Gas?
Apr 06, 2017

Is This a Case of a Bad Battery, or Evaporating Gas?

Dear Car Talk

Dave's '86 Toyota pickup truck turns over...and over...but is reluctant to start. Is a weak battery to blame, or something else?

carburetors starters batteries 1986

Green light
Apr 04, 2017

Don't Drive Like His Brother

Staff Blog

Two friends  are driving around town. They come up to a red light and the guy driving accelerates and speeds right through it. Naturally his friend is pretty upset by this. "You just blew through a red light! Are you out of your mind?" 

lame jokes

Did Tire Place Forget to Replace Hubcaps, or Were They Left off on Purpose?
Apr 04, 2017

Did Tire Place Forget to Replace Hubcaps, or Were They Left off on Purpose?

Dear Car Talk

Pat's hubcaps were left in the back seat after a visit to the tire shop. Was it forgetfulness, or something else?

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Potholes
Apr 04, 2017

Musings From The Bottom of a Pothole

Tim Cotton

Theories about frost heaves, the difficulty to find good entertainment in Maine, and why potholes have their own Wikipedia page, but illustrious Car Talk bloggers do not, right here. 

potholes